Speakers

Pedro Domingos

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Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington and the author of "The Master Algorithm". He is a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and has received a Fulbright Scholarship, a Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and numerous best paper awards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and is the author or co­author of over 200 technical publications. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT. He co­founded the International Machine Learning Society in 2001. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.

Lynette Johnson

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Lynette is a Seattle based photographer, wife, mother of two and the founder of the non­profit Soulumination. A Northwest native, Lynette has taken a passion for photographing people and followed it through a successful career and into the world of legacy photography. Through Soulumination and with the talent of 60 local photographers, families facing devastating loss have the opportunity to receive photo services free of charge. Lynette's diagnosis of lymphoma and its minefield of treatments and emotional issues has added a depth of compassion and understanding leading to new resolve and bolder leadership skills.

Elizabeth Nance

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Elizabeth Nance is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, with an adjunct appointment in Radiology. Elizabeth was named as a Forbes 30 under 30 in Science and Medicine in 2015, as one of the “most disruptive, game-changing and innovating young personalities in science.” Her passion is to find ways to more efficiently connect resources and information across multiple scientific and engineering disciplines. Thus far, Elizabeth’s career has been built on the guiding principle that these connections can be accomplished by establishing more effective communication, and asking questions in a less field-specific manner. Elizabeth’s research focuses on using nanotechnology platforms to understand the movement of molecules in the brain. She is particularly interested in characterizing how common disease hallmarks, such as inflammation, impaired fluid flow, and cell death, impact our ability to treat brain diseases like autism, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and epilepsy. Her long term goal is to utilize nanotechnology in patients to give real-time information about the brain, and take advantage of those disease hallmarks to improve diagnosis and direct therapy.

Derek Sutherland

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Derek Sutherland is a graduate research associate at the University of Washington (UW), and is also the CEO of CTFusion, a spin-off company dedicated to the development of economical, compact toroidal fusion reactors. Derek, a native of Orlando, Florida, performed his undergraduate work at MIT, and graduated 2012 with a double major in Nuclear Engineering and in Physics, with a strong focus on plasma physics and fusion. Professor Jarboe (PI), Derek, and the rest of the HIT-SI team at the UW issued a press release in 2014 concerning the Dynomak, a full-scale reactor concept that is estimated to cost less than a coal-fired power plant at the same power output. Derek was recognized as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Energy in 2015 for his work on the dynomak reactor concept. CoMotion at the UW awarded the CTFusion team a $50k Innovation Fund to help the company get off the ground, and Derek was a CoMotion Graduate Innovator Award recipient in 2015 as well. He has had considerable experience working with multiple public and private fusion ventures, from the mainline tokamak devices at MIT and General Atomics to the alternative concepts of spheromaks and field-reversed configurations at the University of Washington, General Fusion Inc., and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Derek seeks to demonstrate the method of fusion CTFusion is pursuing scales to an economical fusion reactor that will be able to compete with, and outperform conventional energy sources.

Angela Popplewell

Portrait of Angela Popplewell
Angela Francine Popplewell is a founder and the Chief Storyteller for 100cameras, a non-profit organization that teaches kids around the world that their stories matter and helps them explore their narratives in the larger context of a global world. By building a model that teaches students how to share their perspectives through photography and then sells their images, kids are empowered to become the change makers and provide much needed educational, lifeline, and medical supplies for themselves and other community members. Popplewell has lived and worked abroad with multiple educational and community development programs located in places such as Romania and India. These experiences along with others redirected her passion early on in her twenties from working towards a broadcast journalism career to instead working with kids, the power of storytelling, and local community development initiatives worldwide. Prior to 100cameras, she was one of charity:water’s first interns and was Director of Development at New Life of NYC, an inner-city community center located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Popplewell currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Ty, and their adorable newborn son, Theodore Brooks.

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